A few students stopped by my room this afternoon while I was working, and their reaction to my classroom made all the hours I've put into it so worth it. They were literally gushing to one another about how much they loved my classroom. "It's so bright." "You got a markerboard!" "You painted the door!" "Everything is so colorful!" "It looks so different!" And the most common response: "It's so cute!"
Does it really matter if students like my room? Yes and no. I don't have to have decorations to make me an effective math teacher. But, I'm going into a school where the students don't me, and I don't know them. First impressions definitely matter. For a small school, we've had an incredible teacher turnover rate. When students enter my classroom for the first time, I want them to get a sense of how much I care. I want it to be a positive learning environment - a place they look forward to coming to.
And, my classroom makes me incredibly happy. The posters, the bright colors of paper, the beautiful bulletin boards my parents made for my classroom, the whiteboard my parents got me off craigslist, the way the desks are set up - all these things make me smile. I think students can tell whether or not a teacher takes pride in the way his or her classroom looks.
So, without further ado, here are some before and after pictures!
|Sad looking homemade bulletin boards that were created to cover up the original slate chalk board from when the school was built in 1919!|
|Red Trim. Unpainted walls.|
|I don't have a picture of the 4th wall because it's a wall of windows. But, you can see part of it from here.|
|They had stacked the desks in order to shampoo the carpet. But, traditionally, this room had been set up in rows.|
|Left Side Bulletin Board: This board will remain a work in progress throughout the school year. As I learn new, creative ways to do the LHS of our INBs, I will add to this board.|
|Problem Solving Strategies|
|This is the bulletin board I plan on changing out as the year progresses. I'm starting the year with math posters that I downloaded, printed, and laminated from the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.|
|INB Supply Caddies|
|My Pi Filing Cabinet|
|My Door Decoration. I modified this from one I saw on Pinterest.|
|My mom made curtains for my classroom. And, I love them.|
|I look at pictures of other people's classrooms, and I get a little jealous when I see just how much space they have. I have 24 desks in my room, and as you can see, they are a little squished together.|
|My Desk Area|